no water for like a week, and finally the internet works so ive got me a flurry of blogging. im exhausted, and not from riding in the back of a pick-up 4.5 hours up and down the mountain to the school and slowly roasting over a 100 degree open flame.

 

this chica’s got to get to bed, so she can get up and pack and leave at 7 a.m. for San Juan del Sur, surf and beach town for the Holy Week escapade with the gang. So much for sleeping in … people do stuff EARLY here!

I want that!

Coming down the mountain, Enrique jokingly told me that “Kris is synonym with dance. With party here.”

He then said, “Your name should be a verb.”

 

Might be the most awesome five words someone could compliment me with :-)

Us

Myself with members of the eco-tourism cooperative today at their meeting to talk about the cabinas, or cabins, they are making behind the shelter and will be open in a few weeks.
They will allow tourists to stay over closer to the summit, rather than host families if they wish.

It’s being done via the mayor’s office, Enlace Project and the co-op.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Don Mauricio is the Clint Eastwood of Nicaragua.
He’s 80 something years old and every night walks up to the summit to sleep at the Ranchon, to keep his eye on the lone solar panel that the tourism and coffee cooperative has up there. Every time I see him he’s riding his horse and he’s the guy who donated his land to the cooperative so they could realize their dream of sharing their traditional way of life.

Today I was elated to see him waltzing up the summit to attend an eco-tourism meeting.

Work has started!

Work has started!

Up in Las Minitas today, community leader Gustavo Martinez Martinez (here) and several other farmers are digging the foundation for the preschool, and they are moving!
They said they’ll be done tomorrow.

Shovels, two pick axes and the squared off alignments that Sergio, our mason, laid out for them yesterday.

I’m making a little video and as soon as I figure out how to edit that, they will be up and introducing themselves to everyone.

PS This is Gustavo and I call him Son of Clint Eastwood on account that he’s very small, hardly speaks but is the guy who gets lowered into the well to dig for water, a rope tied around his waist to be hauled up and down 50 feet down, and who lobbied the government for five years for a permanent teacher.

He’d be Clint Eastwood except his 80-something-year-old dad is. He hikes up to the summit every night to protect the solar panel in the Ranchon and I see him riding his horse around all the time.

Language faux pas #101

“I like to ride down the mountain in the back of the pick-up, but I cought with all the dirt and dust. I have a bad pechuga … from smoking.”

For what must be the 100th time, Enrique looks at me, smiles, laughs and says, “you have a bad pechuga?”

Apparently I have told several people I’ve got “bad breasts,” used for ladies’ chests, and also chicken meat.

and so it goes.
At least I didn’t ask a girlie how many anuses she has today, or invite a Brazilian soldier in the Amazon into my boat cabin even though I was just a little

What's that you say about your pechuga woman?

What’s that you say about your pechuga woman?

pregnant.

Onward

Kellan and I are off to el sauce,  a bit later than intended after the quakes.

If I miss Sergio the mason going up I will go tomorrow for hole digging.

The show goes on!!

Several earthquakes around Managua this week. Last night there were  several including one at dinner in which I learned I can MOVE!

The loud thundering one sent us into the street as we were hauling mattresses onto the patio to sleep at the exit … where we stayed all night.

The whole of the city and our street, kids in blankets and everyone on chairs, doors open lights on. After 2 people moved mattresses and couches into the street too. There were three or four more quakes. I had to pee and of course that one sent me flying off the bano  as fast as a ninja!

We stayed out in the street until daybreak. At about 2 I wedged myself into yacis car and then finally laid on a mattress just inside the garage gate. I was in the house but technically only half! I let my legs dangle out so one step I was up and out from construction.

I felt three more small tremors while outside. No booms.

Life as normal this a.m.

The tortilla ladies who start their patting at 5 a.m. like a loud slap every few seconds set up shop, and it is another Monday.

I never felt in danger. Just prett scary as it never happened.

We are off to El Sauce. If I miss the mason I’ll go up tomorrow morning for hole digging.

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Earthquakes

Several earthquakes around Managua this week. Last night there were  several including one at dinner in which I learned I can MOVE!

The loud thundering one sent us into the street as we were hauling mattresses onto the patio to sleep at the exit … where we stayed all night.

The whole of the city and our street, kids in blankets and everyone on chairs, doors open lights on. After 2 people moved mattresses and couches into the street too. There were three or four more quakes. I had to pee and of course that one sent me flying off the bano  as fast as a ninja!

We stayed out in the street until daybreak. At about 2 I wedged myself into yacis car and then finally laid on a mattress just inside the garage gate. I was in the house but technically only half! I let my legs dangle out so one step I was up and out from construction.

I felt three more small tremors while outside. No booms.

Life as normal this a.m.

The tortilla ladies who start their patting at 5 a.m. like a loud slap every few seconds set up shop, and it is another Monday.

I never felt in danger. Just prett scary as it never happened.

We are off to El Sauce. If I miss the mason I’ll go up tomorrow morning for hole digging.

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Time flies

It is always a surprise to me how in a town with “nothing” to do like movies or big stores there is always no time! It is flying.

Come Monday I will be going up with Sergio to lay the footprint of the preschool with rope and unload that gravel.

We are underway, weeks after raising the 5600 dollars. The friends project doesn’t mess around!

 
 

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